While reading a post on how aphorisms tempt us to short circuit genuine analysis of the subjects they address, I came across a comment about how liberal policies are a premiere example of good intentions paving the road to hell. In this comment the commenter stated:
While intending to ease the plight of the underclass, liberal policies usually end up doing quite the opposite, breeding dependency (often multi-generational), destroying initiative, creating an entitlement mentality, harming the family by rendering fathers economically unnecessary, and rendering children the means of attaining bigger handouts, etc.
So, I have to admit that I do see some truth in the above comment, and yet the first thing that came to mind when I first read it is that lack of opportunity also kills initiative. Along with that, it struck me that without some of the opportunities that welfare provides many people will be strongly tempted to resentment, bitterness and despair, which likely puts children at risk no less than the temptation to use them for bigger handouts.